PREP BASEBALL

Andrean bats blast Munster baseball in five innings

2014-05-12T19:30:00Z 2014-10-06T22:43:11Z Andrean bats blast Munster baseball in five inningsHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

MUNSTER | With No. 1 pitcher Matt DeSomer shut down from the mound with elbow soreness, Andrean turned to No. 3 against Times No. 2 Munster.

Lefty Dan Gomez didn't blink at the task, pitching a two-hit shutout in five innings as No. 1 Andrean topped the Mustangs 16-0 on Monday.

"I just threw strikes, my defense played great defense, and Munster hit the ball but our guys were right there," Gomez said. "The offense got 11 runs in one inning, that's just nice. I was pitching like it was a 0-0 game, I just didn't want to let them score."

A fastball pitcher with movement, Gomez struck out three, and allowed just five balls to leave the infield.

He walked one and earned an out with every leadoff batter he faced.

"With DeSomer on the mend, we had to go with Danny and you couldn't ask for more than that," Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said. "He threw his fastball for strikes, he threw his curveball for strikes, when you don't give many freebies and make the plays defensively, it's kinda tough to score sometimes.

"That's what good teams do. You give them an opportunity and say 'we need you today,' and he stepped up."

Gomez was backed up by an 11-run second inning in which the 59ers sent 15 batters to the plate, were walked four times and had eight hits.

"We just got behind batters early and they got the key hit to break it open," Munster coach Bob Shinkan said. "They just took it from there. We just couldn't get the outs.

"In the game of baseball, it happens both ways. We've done that to teams and then on the flip side of things, you see how it is. That's why we keep talking about being humble regardless of what side you're on when something like that happens."

Andrean finished with 12 hits off of four Munster pitchers. Donovan Chandler had two of them and drove in five runs. Jamie Johnson and Alex Vode were both 2-for-2, and Johnson scored two runs as Vode had three.

The Niners tacked on another four runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.

The two teams are scheduled to play for the second time in the conference double round robin today at Andrean.

"Munster's a good team, Bob and I were talking before the game and I said to him 'this has to be one of your top five teams of all time,' and he said 'yes,'" Pishkur said. "Baseball's a funny game. Vegas would have made a lot of money if they had said Andrean or anybody was going to win this game by 10 runs today. They walked us early and we got a lot of big hits."

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